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The Essential Aurobindo

Writings of Sri Aurobindo

Edited by Robert A. McDermott

288 pp.  

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  January 2001


  • “The coming of a spiritual age must be preceded by the appearance of an increasing number of individuals who are no longer satisfied with the normal intellectual, vital, and physical existence of man, but perceive that a greater evolution is the real goal of humanity and attempt to effect it in themselves, to lead others to it, and to make it the recognized goal of the race. In proportion as they succeed, and to the degree to which they carry this evolution, the yet unrealized potentiality which they represent will become the actual possibility of the future.”
    Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle

Sri Aurobindo stands out as one of the deepest and most profoundly relevant of contemporary Asian spiritual masters speaking to the West. His vision transcends the distinctive strengths and weaknesses of India and the West, and his discipline brings the yogas of the Gita to the task of world transformation.

His collaborator, The Mother, offers a blueprint for the utopian community Auroville, giving sage advice on the ideal of a spiritually based approach to education.

Robert McDermott's afterword in this revised edition recounts the increased significance of Aurobindo's message in the West—especially for America—since the book was first published in 1973.

The Essential Aurobindo is an invaluable resource for understanding the underlying connections and common ground between Eastern and Western teachings and traditions for modern thinkers and spiritual seekers.

    “[Sri Aurobindo's] integral philosophy is today recognized and appreciated as a monumental synthesis of the highest cultural values of East and West.... There is an immense wealth of outstanding psychological and spiritual discoveries embedded in his voluminous writings, which stand at the watershed of a new era of yogic culture.” —Georg Feuerstein, The Essence of Yoga

    “Sri Aurobindo's yoga points the way toward the kind of transformative practice we need to realize our greatest potentials. No philosopher or contemplative of modern times has done more to reveal our possibilities for extraordinary life.” —Michael Murphy, founder of Esalen Institute and author of God and the Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution

    "A new type of thinker, one who combines in his vision the alacrity of the West with the illumination of the East. To study his writings is to enlarge the boundaries of one's knowledge.” —Times Literary Supplement (London)

    "Sri Aurobindo is one of the most important and influential spiritual figures of our time, whos work deserves to be better known.” —Robert A. Johnson, author of He: Understanding Masculine Psychology and She: Understanding Feminine Psychology

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